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Introductory webinars, lessons' recordings, promo materials
Virtual classes from Arctic research stations by scientists
This is the main component of the EDU-ARCTIC program. Transmissions from polar stations, will be provided for schools. Additionally, to raise the attractiveness and diversity of scientific subjects, some special transmissions with selected experts in polar research and Earth sciences will be provided by other institutions: special transmissions from UVSQ’s climatology and environmental science research laboratories in France and IGF PAS in Poland.
Online lessons will be dealing with the following disciplines and research topics: environmental sciences, geophysics (seismology, Earth magnetism), geology, geomorphology, climatology, climate change, atmospheric chemistry and physics, hydrology, ecology, soil science, oceanography, microbiology, marine, biology, biodiversity, paleoecology, limnology and additionally anthropology, the sociology of Arctic regions, human biology and medicine, genetics, zoology, biology and to some extent socio-humanities.
Exemplary groups of topics that will be presented include:
Transmissions will be interactive. Scientists will involve pupils actively by encouraging them to ask questions and to perform given assignments. It is crucial that pupils become active players in the process of learning. Pupils and teachers will have the possibility to take part virtually in experiments and measurements conducted at stations. They will be asked to put forth a hypothesis concerning the experiment or phenomena discussed with a scientist. It will help them to develop skills of analytical and logical thinking and the use of research methods to solve problems.
They will also perform their own experiments on the basis of suggestions from scientists. This will increase the attractiveness of such lessons. Hands-on activities are considered one of the most effective and powerful ways of learning. During online lessons they could also ask about different phenomena which occur in the Arctic. They will become familiar with scientific career opportunities, as well as everyday activities of researchers and their curriculum. It will be a new experience for them and an opportunity to detach themselves regularly from school routine. They will also gain access to the newest scientific discoveries and reports. Transmission will help them to better understand scientific messages, a useful skill in everyday life. But they will also familiarize themselves with scientific language used in research publications, a crucial skill for their prospective career in science.
We hope we encourage you to participate.
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How can you access an online lesson you have enrolled?
Once you have enrolled for any one online lesson you should see a message posted to you below containing confirmation info including a link ready to be used. Once you follow that link, you will be redirected to the virtual classroom just before the lesson. Please check that prior to the time given in Online lesson details. You may have to perform some very easy technical settings in order to fully participate. Do not worry. The message will guide you through all the stages.
See you on an online lesson!
Parallelly to regular online lessons, we proposed new type of webinars - THEMATIC COURSES. Each course offered a comprehensive series of complementary topics. Each course: ("Engineering ad technology", "The Arctic, people's land", "Secrets of glacieres", "Citizen science") had a fixed day of week and hour, in order to facilitate including our lessons into school practice, also within curriculum. For most courses, lessons were conducted once a month, a new INTERACT course is held every week. Check each thematic course for full programme with dates and topics.
Genetics is the study of the genes and traits that children inherit from their parents. Recent biotechnology has opened new ways to study this in great detail even for wild animals and fish. In this webinar, you will learn how genetics and genomics can be used to study the impacts of human activities on wildlife populations.
No animals of the north evoke stronger emotions and engagement than the large carnivores. Just like the south has its BIG FIVE, the north has its big five too. The bold but elusive gray wolves. The brawny but also berry-picking brown bear. The wolverine, often so misunderstood. The golden eagle, with talons strong enough to kill even small reindeer. And the silently stalking lynx.
Humans are depleting the globe of its natural resources. We need to become more sustainable citizens, at least those of us living by western standards. How sustainable is your lifestyle? Are you fine keeping things as is, or do you want to reduce your ecological footprint on Earth? In this tool-kit, we explore what's in it for you to become a more sustainable citizen. There may be benefits that you haven't thought about.
Professional and amateur photographers capture amazing footage of wild animals. Sometimes they are plain lucky, being at the right place at the right time, but for the most part they plan and work hard for days and even years to get the picture they want. In this webinar, you will learn that patience is the key. We introduce you to the art of adapting photo techniques to animal biology.
Pierwsze ogniwo życia - łańcucha pokarmowego - w oceanie, producent ogromnych ilości tlenu, a jednocześnie - tak niepozorne organizmy, które najłatwiej dojrzeć ... z kosmosu. Poznaj sekrety fitoplanktonu arktycznego!
You will learn what permafrost is and where it occurs. Next, we will dive into the topic of thawing permafrost and how it affects climate and finally we will find the answer: why is thawing permafrost dangerous? This lessons will help to understand permafrost related processes.
Polar dogs look more like wolves than any other breed – but are they really closer to their ancestors? Why are they not bothered by cold? How can they run, run, run for miles on end and how did they help humans to settle in the Arctic? Is climate change a threat for sled dogs? Join us to find the answers!
Plastic pollution appears to be everywhere in the media these days. And it is so for very important reasons. Research is showing more consequences of plastic pollution than we ever imagined. Especially, a multitude of effects from nanoplastic have not been on our radar until fairly recently. What you may not yet know, despite all this attention, is that plastic is increasingly found in air and in soil too, not only the oceans, and all the way to the Arctic!
Encyclopedia about the Arctic region, explaining polar phenomena and scientific terminology
Citizen environmental monitoring carried out at participating schools
A chance for students and their teachers to win a trip to an Arctic station
EDU-ARCTIC invites pupils from schools across Europe and outside to join the Arctic Competition with their teachers and develop a science project or an innovation project designed for an arctic environment. Young students and their teachers who are fascinated by disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, though not yet scientists, will have the opportunity to take part in a scientific expedition in the Arctic. The Arctic Competition is for teams of one or two students, aged 13 to 20, and one teacher as a mentor. Participating teams can come from schools across Europe and outside. The participation in the Arctic competition is voluntary. You can ask questions about the competition before deciding whether or not to participate. Even if you do agree to participate, you may withdraw yourself from the project at any time, without giving a reason and without penalty.
The EDU-ARCTIC Fora were held in 3 European countries
The French Educators’ Forum was held at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Guyancourt, (Earth Sciences and Climatology Campus OVSQ) from 21 to 22 September 2017. 16 teachers from 8 countries (Greece, Italy, Albania, Romania, Cyprus, Serbia, Portugal and Macedonia) participated.
Educators’ Forum in Poland was held in Warsaw, from 23 to 24 September 2017. The hosting institution was Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. 38 teachers from 15 countries (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia) participated.
The Educators’ Forum in Norway took place near Oslo, 18 October 2017. The hosting institution was the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), one of the consortium members of EDU-ARCTIC. 16 participants from 12 countries (Greece, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Albania, Macedonia and Romania) were present.